Posted at: 08/31/2013 3:05 PM
| Updated at: 09/01/2013 2:18 PM
By: Dan Bazile
Many Americans opposed to the U.S. involvement in Syria demonstrated across the country, as well as right here in the Capital Region.
They gathered at Townsend Park early this afternoon to voice their opinion, urging the President to make the right call.
They chanted “war is not the answer,” hoping their voices will combine with those across the country and resonate all the way to the White House where President Obama is seeking congressional approval for military action in Syria.
The anti war group made signs saying they don't want the U.S. meddling in Syrian affairs. Some of were there for personal reasons. Eddie Alkurabi says his family members are in danger in Syria and some of them have already been killed.
“Some of them actually had their kids watch them die when Assad took a rocket and killed one of my family members.”
But still, Alkurabi says he's against war. He says Bashar Assad's regime can be taken out peacefully.
As President Obama tries to get approval from congress, he's also asking the American people for support. He says the Syrian government killed more than a thousand of its own people, many of them children, with chemical weapons.
A recent NBC poll shows half of Americans oppose taking military action. 42% support it. Harry Thornhill of Glenville thinks something should be done.
“I think gassing people is atrocious. I'm not saying we should not do anything. But I think widening the war is not the answer.” Says Thornhill.